Ms. Gadget

A tech watch blog by New Media student Megan Ellis

Technology patents - protection or persecution?

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Megan Ellis is a New Media student and young journalist at Rhodes University.
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on Tuesday, 04 September 2012
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With Apple and Samsung embroiled in patent dispute cases, some followers of the hearings have cried foul - accusing Apple of simply attempting to stifle competition. 

Cloudware: and why Google's doing it right

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Megan Ellis is a New Media student and young journalist at Rhodes University.
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on Tuesday, 28 August 2012
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A few years ago, my dad was telling me about 'cloudware' - applications and software which exist on the web and not on your computer's hard drive. 

What was once a distant concept is now something I'm using every day.

Why 3D printers mean more than you think

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Megan Ellis is a New Media student and young journalist at Rhodes University.
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on Tuesday, 14 August 2012
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When someone first explained to me what a 3D printer was, I thought that it would never apply to me because it would only make factories' work easier and  print cool things like figurines and novelty items for the rich.

But recent headlines showed me that 3D printers affect so much more than I thought. They can be used for housing, medical purposes and for the disabled.

Gadget review: Gunnar Optiks Eyewear

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Megan Ellis is a New Media student and young journalist at Rhodes University.
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on Tuesday, 07 August 2012
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Spending so much of my time in front of the computer (3 hour daily lectures, varsity work and general gaming), eye fatigue and migraines became a problem which could only be alleviated by resting.

But now there's another option: Gunnar Optiks Eyewear.

Peekaboo, I see you - the age of facial recognition

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Megan Ellis is a New Media student and young journalist at Rhodes University.
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on Wednesday, 25 July 2012
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Anyone who has watched crime series will know that facial recognition is used my law enforcement, but the technology is quickly making its way into our own lives. 

Why I don't review the latest tech releases

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Megan Ellis is a New Media student and young journalist at Rhodes University.
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on Friday, 13 July 2012
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As much as I love tech and blogging, I recently had a conversation with my lecturer wondering where I could go as a new media journalist and actually use all my skills and follow my interests. 

So often digital journalism relates to IT-related topics or tech watch. But why do I, someone who loves tech and gaming, not want to commit myself to writing about these?

Gadgets and tech for your inner child

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Megan Ellis is a New Media student and young journalist at Rhodes University.
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on Friday, 06 July 2012
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While this post's first entry isn't about a tech gadget itself, the product's creation is a result of technology. 

Enter Candy Bricks - bricks you can use to create things the same way as with LEGO - except that these can be eaten too.

The robot invasion has already begun

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Megan Ellis is a New Media student and young journalist at Rhodes University.
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on Sunday, 27 May 2012
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Now we know that we are nowhere near crafting artificial intelligence like C3P0 and R2D2 to help us save the galaxy from the Empire, but I know that scientists have created some mechanical marvels already. 

Robots are no longer confined to the realm of many-a-geeks' fantasies, but rather they are fast becoming essential tools in the world of technological development. 

Four gadgets/tech for all your First World problems

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Megan Ellis is a New Media student and young journalist at Rhodes University.
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on Monday, 21 May 2012
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Ever have a problem which, in the greater scheme of things is trivial, but really irks you anyway?

Well that's exactly what these gadgets and tech innovations were created for: to solve all your First World problems.

Doctor What?: medical technology revolutionises the industry

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Megan Ellis is a New Media student and young journalist at Rhodes University.
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on Monday, 14 May 2012
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While cool gadgets and weird tech excites and entertains, I find that truly amazing technology is that which helps people in meaningful ways. 

it's no wonder then that after looking into assistive technology, that I found equal fascination with medical technology. After all, it is within this sector that we've seen some remarkable advancements. It's as though all those scifi films had psychics as writers (except for the aliens of course).